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A library for secure smart contract development. Build on a solid foundation of community-vetted code.

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OpenZeppelin Contracts uses semantic versioning to communicate backwards compatibility of its API and storage layout. For upgradeable contracts, the storage layout of different major versions should be assumed incompatible, for example, it is unsafe to upgrade from 4.9.3 to 5.0.0. Learn more at Backwards Compatibility.

+> [!NOTE] +> You are looking at the upgradeable variant of OpenZeppelin Contracts. Be sure to review the documentation on Using OpenZeppelin Contracts with Upgrades. +



Hardhat (npm)

$ npm install @openzeppelin/contracts-upgradeable

Foundry (git)


When installing via git, it is a common error to use the master branch. This is a development branch that should be avoided in favor of tagged releases. The release process involves security measures that the master branch does not guarantee.


Foundry installs the latest version initially, but subsequent forge update commands will use the master branch.

$ forge install OpenZeppelin/openzeppelin-contracts-upgradeable

Add @openzeppelin/contracts-upgradeable/=lib/openzeppelin-contracts-upgradeable/contracts/ in remappings.txt.


Once installed, you can use the contracts in the library by importing them:

pragma solidity ^0.8.20;

import {ERC721Upgradeable} from "@openzeppelin/contracts-upgradeable/token/ERC721/ERC721Upgradeable.sol";

contract MyCollectible is ERC721Upgradeable {
    function initialize() initializer public {
        __ERC721_init("MyCollectible", "MCO");

If you're new to smart contract development, head to Developing Smart Contracts to learn about creating a new project and compiling your contracts.

To keep your system secure, you should always use the installed code as-is, and neither copy-paste it from online sources nor modify it yourself. The library is designed so that only the contracts and functions you use are deployed, so you don't need to worry about it needlessly increasing gas costs.

Learn More

The guides in the documentation site will teach about different concepts, and how to use the related contracts that OpenZeppelin Contracts provides:

  • Access Control: decide who can perform each of the actions on your system.
  • Tokens: create tradeable assets or collectives, and distribute them via Crowdsales.
  • Utilities: generic useful tools including non-overflowing math, signature verification, and trustless paying systems.

The full API is also thoroughly documented, and serves as a great reference when developing your smart contract application. You can also ask for help or follow Contracts's development in the community forum.

Finally, you may want to take a look at the guides on our blog, which cover several common use cases and good practices. The following articles provide great background reading, though please note that some of the referenced tools have changed, as the tooling in the ecosystem continues to rapidly evolve.


This project is maintained by OpenZeppelin with the goal of providing a secure and reliable library of smart contract components for the ecosystem. We address security through risk management in various areas such as engineering and open source best practices, scoping and API design, multi-layered review processes, and incident response preparedness.

The OpenZeppelin Contracts Security Center contains more details about the secure development process.

The security policy is detailed in as well, and specifies how you can report security vulnerabilities, which versions will receive security patches, and how to stay informed about them. We run a bug bounty program on Immunefi to reward the responsible disclosure of vulnerabilities.

The engineering guidelines we follow to promote project quality can be found in

Past audits can be found in audits/.

Smart contracts are a nascent technology and carry a high level of technical risk and uncertainty. Although OpenZeppelin is well known for its security audits, using OpenZeppelin Contracts is not a substitute for a security audit.

OpenZeppelin Contracts is made available under the MIT License, which disclaims all warranties in relation to the project and which limits the liability of those that contribute and maintain the project, including OpenZeppelin. As set out further in the Terms, you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for any use of OpenZeppelin Contracts and you assume all risks associated with any such use.


OpenZeppelin Contracts exists thanks to its contributors. There are many ways you can participate and help build high quality software. Check out the contribution guide!


OpenZeppelin Contracts is released under the MIT License.


Your use of this Project is governed by the terms found at (the "Terms").